The Health Educated Youth Program (HEY) is an awareness campaign for Substance Abuse, HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD prevention interventions, targeting youth 13 to 24 years of age.
- Reduce rate the rate of new HIV, viral hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases among high-risk youth and young adults.
- Reduce substance abuse among high-risk youth and young adults
- Increase access to care
To reach these goals, HEY! conducts awareness campaigns and events as well as group level prevention interventions, condom distribution, HIV testing, counseling and linkage to care.
Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education & Safer Sex (VOICES)
VOICES is a group-level, single session video based intervention designed to increase condom use. VOICES is based on the theory of Reasoned Action, which explains how people’s behaviors are guided by their attitudes, beliefs, and experiences as well as by how they believe others think they should act in a given circumstance. Groups are gender and ethnic specific, so that participants can develop prevention strategies appropriate for their culture. Information on HIV/STD risk behavior and condom use is delivered by viewing a culturally-specific video. Skills in condom use and negotiation are modeled in the videos, then role- played and practiced by participants during the facilitated group discussion that follows.
Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention (SHARP)
SHARP is an intensive, interactive single-session intervention lasting 3-4 hours that incorporates videos, lecture, group discussion and activities. SHARP aims to cater to adolescents that are younger at first intercourse, have a higher number of sexual partners, and report lower rates of condom use than their peers. The groups are organized by gender, either all male or all female, with no more than 10 per session. Overall SHARP program goals are to deepen STI/HIV knowledge, improve correct condom use, reduce sexual risks and alcohol use and set long-term goals to utilize knowledge and skills learned during the session.
For more information about the HEY Program or to schedule a session, call 904-745-3063.
The Hey! Program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.